Over the past 20 years, the DEMO conferences have earned their reputation for consistently identifying tomorrow’s cutting-edge technologies, and have served as launch pad events for companies like VMWare, Boingo Wireless, Palm, E*Trade, Tivo, Handspring, and U.S. Robotics, thereby helping them to secure venture funding, establish critical business relationships, and influence early adopters.
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Paul Jacobs has served as CEO of Qualcomm since 2005 and was appointed chairman of the board in 2009. Under his leadership, the San Diego–based company has emerged as the leading provider of chipsets for mobile devices and is consistently ranked at the top of its industry on Fortune’s list of “Most Admired Companies.” Jacobs joined Qualcomm as a development engineer in 1990. Over the past two decades he has led numerous advances in wireless communications and has received more than 40 patents. In 1997 he became president of Qualcomm Consumer Products, where he spearheaded development of the first commercial smartphone. Other breakthrough innovations include the integration of GPS into cell phones and a platform that enabled over-the-air downloading of apps. He is the 2009 winner of the IEEE CASS Industrial Pioneer Award and has been named “Best Telecom CEO” four years in a row by Institutional Investor.
Matt Marshall is the editor and CEO of VentureBeat, which he founded in 2006. He covered the venture capital and startup beat for the Mercury News from 2001-2006. Marshall significantly expanded the newspapers coverage of venture capital and startups during that time, in daily articles and a weekly column called the VC Insider, and then online with his blog SiliconBeat from 2004.
Marshall was awarded Journalist of the Year by the Northern California Society of Professional Journalists in 2002, and the James Madison Freedom of Information award in 2003. These awards were for a series of articles he wrote in conjunction with two successful Mercury News lawsuits, in part instigated by Marshall, against California's public pension fund (CalPERS) and the University of California. The lawsuits sought disclosure of the financial performance of venture capital and other private equity funds that CalPERS and UC had invested in, arguing that state taxpayers and retirees had a right to know these results. As a result of these laws suits, public employees now have full access to information on the performance of their retirement investments.
Marshall was a correspondent for the Wall Street Journal in Bonn, Germany from 1995 through 1998. In 1999 he wrote a book while in Germany, The Bank: the Birth of Europe's Central Bank and the Rebirth of European Power. He has also written for the Washington Post and several other publications. Marshal is also the executive producer of DEMO.
Marshall has a PhD in Government and an MA in German and European Studies from Georgetown University.
Andrew Toy is CEO and co-founder at Enterproid Inc. Before Enterproid, Andrew was vice president of mobile and syndication technology at MTV Networks. In this role, he provided technological leadership for digital distribution of Viacom content, serving cable brands including MTV, Vh1, Comedy Central, and Nickelodeon and online properties such as Gametrailers and Atom. Distribution partners included mobile operators such as Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and Alltell and major online brands such as MSN, AOL. and Hulu. Prior to joining MTV Networks, Andrew headed mobile application development for Morgan Stanley, specializing in mobile-video delivery as well as fixed-mobile convergent telephony. Before Morgan Stanley, Andrew was chief architect for Jarna Inc, a startup focused on enabling mobile workflows on event-based platforms.
Andrew holds both a B.S. and M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University, where he has also served as an associate lecturer.